(Bloomberg) -- Welcome to Tuesday, Asia. Here’s the latest news and analysis from Bloomberg Economics to help get your day started:

  • President Donald Trump is reinstating tariffs on steel and aluminum from Argentina and Brazil, accusing them of depreciating their currencies to the detriment of U.S. farmers
  • America’s two most-watched manufacturing surveys pointed in different directions in November, and economists and investors can’t seem to agree on which one paints the more accurate picture
  • Hong Kong’s retail sales suffered a record contraction in October, as the city counts the cost of almost six months of political unrest
  • Christine Lagarde said the ECB will be “resolute” in restoring euro-zone price stability under her presidency
  • Angela Merkel’s coalition partner is turning leftwards, but that doesn’t mean Germany’s chancellor is poised to give into calls for a major fiscal stimulus
  • China’s PMI spread some cheer as the end of year approaches, but the pain is far from over, writes Chang Shu
  • President Moon Jae-in came into office in 2017 pledging to rein in South Korea’s runaway housing prices. Progress toward that goal has brought an unintended consequence: slower growth
  • Welcome to December. And let’s just go ahead and call it Bob Lighthizer Month, writes Shawn Donnan in the latest Terms of Trade
  • India’s policy easing drumbeat is intensifying as its GDP woes mount, writes Abhishek Gupta
  • Turkish inflation probably bounced back to double-digits in November, possibly limiting the central bank’s ability to continue easing monetary policy with lower interest rates
  • Imagine living in a country where you only have to work four days a week, where higher education is free and so is child care for all 2- to 4-year-olds: welcome to Corbyn’s Britain
  • In Trump’s world, Peter Navarro is the self-described “bad cop” of economic policy, the senior figure most willing to reinforce the president’s protectionist and nationalist instincts

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